What’s Nu? January 2024 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

What’s Nu? January 2024

Spertus offers certificate 

Spertus Institute is offering a certificate program in Jewish leadership for professionals, trustees, and lay leaders of Jewish organizations in partnership with Northwestern University. The deadline to apply is Dec. 18.  

Spertus Institute is a school of higher education for Jewish studies. Apart from certificate programs, the school offers master’s and doctorate degrees.  

The next Jewish leadership cohort will meet for nine weekly online classes beginning in Feb. 2024. The Institute will host an onsite seminar on its downtown Chicago campus in early March. The program costs $2,500 and scholarships may be available to employees of Jewish organizations.  

“I learned to access my own personal leadership strengths — and use that knowledge to build a great team,” said Director of Operations of SVARA Chicago, Ellie Spitz, in an online testimonial.  

Carly S. Barovick 

Bader collection at art museum 

The Milwaukee Art Museum is now showcasing 75 paintings from the collection of Isabel and Alfred Bader. 

The exhibit “Art, Life, Legacy: Northern European Paintings in the Collection of Isabel and Alfred Bader,” features work from renowned artists like Rembrandt and Jan Lievens.  

“Paintings reflecting themes of generosity, sacrifice, struggle, faith, family, and journey open the exhibition and impart the collectors’ life story. These are primarily scenes from the Hebrew Bible,” according to the Milwaukee Art Museum’s website.  

The exhibit will be available until Jan. 28, and access to the display is included in the museum’s admission fee.  

Carly S. Barovick 

Benjamin Wagner is a fellow 

Benjamin Wagner, a personal injury lawyer at Habush Habush and Rottier in Milwaukee, was inducted as a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers on Oct. 20. 

The IATL is a highly selective, global organization that recognizes lawyers who have demonstrated excellence in trials throughout their careers, according to the organization’s website.  

Wagner, a shareholder at his firm, has taken cases ranging from nursing home abuse to car accidents and wrongful death. This year, Wagner was appointed by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers to serve as co-chair of the Judicial Section Committee, which helps select candidates for judicial vacancies.  

Wagner has served on the Jewish Family Services Board of Directors, including serving as chair of its development committee. Wagner has also served on the boards of Sojourner Family Peace Center and Discovery World. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2003. 

Carly S. Barovick 

 Silverstein at equestrian World Cup 

What started out as a horseback riding birthday party for a local couple’s 8-year-old granddaughter in Sugarland, Texas in 2013 turned into a journey that would lead her to the World Cup Games in December 2024, in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Samantha Rose Silverstein has been riding competitively for the last eight years in dressage equitation and has achieved number two ranking in the world in that category with her horse Ryna’s Casanova. 

On Dec. 2, 2023, Samantha Rose Silverstein, the granddaughter of Susan and Cary Silverstein of Fox Point, achieved a perfect score at the U.S. Riding Team trials in Missouri and qualified for the 2024 World Cup team. Samantha will represent the United States at the games next December in Johannesburg, South Africa. Samantha is the youngest of three daughters of Cindy and Bradley Silverstein of Wichita, Kansas. Samantha is currently a premed major at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. 

-Chronicle staff 

Mismatched party at Clubhouse 

L’Chaim Chaverut Clubhouse Northshore, which serves older adults, held its annual Meshuggenehkite of the Mixed-up, Mismatch Mania – this time, with a Chanukah theme. 

The Clubhouse held the event at Congregation Shalom on Dec. 13.  Among the participants were those in the photo: Susie Lubar, Wynne Markey, Leah Lever, Susie Delarosa, Jerry Hersh, and Roy Delarosa. 

Prizes were awarded for the most creative and ridiculous mismatched outfit. Extra points were given for incorporating the Festival of Lights. Entertainment was provided by The Good Folk Trio. Information about future events is available at lchaimchaverut.org. 

-Chronicle staff 

Psychotherapy offered 

Rachel Wagner is offering psychotherapy through Glass Lake Counseling. Wagner previously worked as a therapist at Jewish Family Services for 13 years. 

Wagner has worked with children, adolescents and adults spanning from young adulthood to late-life counseling. She has worked with clients struggling with a wide variety of challenges including anxiety, depression, trauma, divorce, grief and loss, ADHD, perfectionism and low self-esteem. 

Glass Lake Counseling is at 758 N. Broadway, in Downtown Milwaukee. Glass Lake Counseling can be reached at glasslakemke.com. 

Rabbi Kalmar study group 

A study group with Rabbi Wes Kalmar, focused on an introduction to Talmud, is opening to new members. 

The small Milwaukee group will meet informally at the homes of members, Kalmar said.  The group, for both for men and women, is for individuals who are interested in and new to Talmud study. Contact Kalmar at rabbikalmar@asktshul.com.